Two IITs in collaboration with the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) are working to develop ‘Gandhipedia’. ‘Gandhipedia’ will be an online repository of books, letters and speeches written by Mahatma Gandhi. It is being done to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary.
In a statement, IIT-KGP said that the entire project will be done with the help of Artificial Intelligence. In the first phase of the project, over 40 books written by Mahatma Gandhi will be digitized and indexed. "The books will be used to reconstruct the social network of the Mahatma, including those who had influenced him and people whom he had inspired," the statement said.
He further said that the first phase will be completed by March next year and will be followed by four more phases and the entire project is expected to be completed by March 2024.
IIT Gandhinagar is also a part of the project along with IIT-KGP and NCSM. Professor Animesh Mukherjee of IIT Kharagpur's Department of Computer Science and Engineering said Mahatma Gandhi's book 'My Experiments with Truth' will be first used for reconstructing his social network. Professor Animesh Mukherjee is also the head of the project.